Alabama Archives and Libraries
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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Alabama.
Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Alabama[edit | edit source]
National Archives at Atlanta · Alabama Department of Archives and History · Alabama Historical Association · Auburn University Libraries · Birmingham Public Library · Florence-Lauderdale Public Library · Huntsville-Madison County Public Library · Mobile Municipal Archives · Mobile Public Library · Samford University Library · University of Alabama Libraries · Wallace State Community College Library · Dallas Public Central Library TX · Evans Memorial Library Aberdeen MS
Online Records of Alabama[edit | edit source]
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
National Repositories[edit | edit source]
Statewide Repositories[edit | edit source]
Alabama Dept of Archives and History[edit | edit source]
Alabama Department of Archives and History
- Start here if you are researching Alabama ancestors. Every county has local records such as marriages, deeds, and the associated indexes.
- The Department of Archives and History (closed Mondays) has the following records: federal and state censuses; vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce); county records (deeds, wills, and other probate records); land, military, and military discharge records (DD214s); surname files; city directories; African-American records (Reconstruction to the present); American Indian records; and immigration and naturalization records.
Regional Repositories[edit | edit source]
- The R.B. Draughon library has a large genealogical collection including censuses, books and periodicals, local and state histories, family histories, passenger arrival lists, Confederate soldier lists, and genealogical website links. 
- Book, periodicals, maps, and family folders.
- They have very good collections of American Civil War records, genealogy, and local history.
Huntsville-Madison County Public Library[edit | edit source]
- This library has the best genealogical collection for Alabama families. It is a good place to start research for Alabama sources during any time period. They also have a good southern states collection.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1827
Street address: 457 Church Street
Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA
Internet: http://www.cityofmobile.org/archives/ Municipal Archives
- Includes records of early Alabama/Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.
- They have a very good genealogy department in its own separate building.
- This is one of the finest collections in the South. They have both original and secondary sources primarily for Alabama and the Southeast USA. They also have a good Irish manuscript and local histories for Kerry and Cork. They have an especially strong Baptist collection including congregational and mission records, maps, local histories, genealogical periodicals, and newspapers.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 870266
Street address: Hoole Special Collections Library
Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, 2nd floor
500 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266 USA
Internet: University of Alabama Libraries
- The Alabama Collection strength is local and county history materials about Alabama and its history, life and culture, including the American Civil War. The Americana Collection features books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts from late 17th century to 2009 focused on Alabama, the American Civil War, presidential history, and the American South.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2000
Street address: 801 Main Street NW
Hanceville AL, 35077-2000 USA
Telephone: Library 256-352-8260, Genealogy 256-352-8263
Internet: Wallace State Community College Library
- The genealogy collection is centered on Alabama, its neighboring states, the Old South, Kentucky, the Civil War and Cherokee Indians. They have books, periodicals, microfilm, CD-ROM disks, computer programs, family folders, and access to 2.5 million Family History Library microfilms.
Outside of Alabama Repositories[edit | edit source]
- Outstanding genealogical collection with records for Texas, Oklahoma, the South including Alabama, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.
- This is an outstanding regional library with records of the South, including Alabama oral histories, church records, newspapers, maps, military records, Chickasaw Indians, African Americans, fraternal histories, scrapbooks, manuscripts and photos.
Courthouse Fires[edit | edit source]
Fires or other disasters occurred in many county courthouses. If records are missing , you can often find substitute records such as cemetery records, censuses, church records, newspapers, Bible records, military service and pension records, delayed birth certificates, or records in neighboring counties that have similar information. See Burned Counties Research. Sometimes landowners re-registered their deeds after a courthouse fire. The following list shows when Alabama courthouses were damaged by fire or other disasters: 
Calhoun 1861, 1865
|Conecuh 1868, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1900
Covington 1839, 1847, 1878, 1895
Dale 1869, 1885
Fayette 1866, 1916
Jackson 1864, 1920
Marengo 1848, 1965
Marion 1866, 1883
Mobile 1823, 1840, 1872
Morgan 1926, 1938
Pickens 1864, 1876
Walker 1865, 1877, 1886, 1932
References[edit | edit source]
- William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 11.
- Alabama Historical Association (accessed 6 November 2015).
- Genealogy in Auburn University Archives (accessed 8 November 2015).
- Using the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library: Books in University Libraries (accessed 8 November 2015).
- Using the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection: Overview in University Libraries (accessed 8 November 2015).
- Genealogy in Wallace State Community College (accessed 8 November 2015).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
- Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 25. WorldCat 42306439; FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.
- Wendy L. Elliott, Research in Alabama (Bountiful, Utah: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1987). WorldCat 607423538; FHL Fiche 6117558 (2 fiche); Book 976.1 D27e.